Tuesday, December 23, 2014
A CHRISTMAS SONG
I don't know what the shepherds heard that night so long ago.
Angelic messengers of God defy my mind, although
I love to hear the story of the angels from on high,
and sing about that holy night when music filled the sky.
For if we hear the angel song and know the joy it brings,
then Christian faith today as then must be a faith that sings!
A song there is for all to sing, yet each one's own must write ---
a song of faith and hope and love, a song of truth and light.
Have we a Christmas Song, I ask, a message to proclaim?
What news have we to share with those who may not know the name
of him whose birth we celebrate each year on Christmas day?
Is there a melody of works that blends with what we say?
The shepherds heard the angels' song with gladness and good cheer.
I wonder if our Christmas Song brings joy to those who hear,
and hope to those who have no hope and need a helping hand?
A song of acts our song must be, before they'll understand.
The Christ of whom the angels sang, a servant Christ was he,
and if we want to be like him then servants we must be ---
our Christmas Song, a servant song; our gospel backed by deeds;
our peace on earth, good will to all; its theme: our neighbors' needs.
What better way to tell the news about the Savior's birth?
How better to proclaim good will and peace to all on earth?
So let our hearts and voices now blend with the angel throng,
for what would "Merry Christmas!" mean without a Christmas Song?
From Now, That's a Miracle!